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Opal Card

Opal for kids

Child/Youth Opal card

With Child/Youth Opal cards, there are loads of rewards for travel on the weekends and regular travel during school holidays.

You can get a Child/Youth Opal card if:

Child/Youth Opal card benefits

* Excluding Sydney Airport station access fee

How to apply

It’s easy to get a Child/Youth Opal card:

You need to allow around five to seven days for delivery when you order Opal cards online or over the phone.

Travelling with your Opal card

If you’re travelling with a Child/Youth Opal card and you're 16 years or older, you’ll also need to carry a valid NSW Senior Secondary Student Concession card, issued by your school, as proof of entitlement or you could be fined.

How to top up

If you don't add value to your Opal card when you first order it, you need to add some value before you travel.

You can top up your Opal card:

For online and phone top ups, you can access your new balance in as little as 15 minutes for trains, ferries and light rail. Allow up to 60 minutes for buses. You must tap on at an Opal card reader within 60 days to collect the top up value on your card, otherwise your top up value will be reversed to your credit/debit card account. Some retailers require their customers to pay minimum transaction values or a service fee to cover credit/debit card merchant fees.

Find out more about topping up

Get the Opal Travel app

You can plan your trips, search your transaction history, top up your Child/Youth Opal card and even calculate your fares, all from your smart phone.

School Opal card 

The School Opal card gives eligible school students free travel on public transport between home and school on trains, buses, ferries and light rail within the Opal network.

Find out more about the School Opal card